Joanne Hayden

Joanne Hayden

Novel's palette restricted to greys

Novel's palette restricted to greys

The Light of Amsterdam by David Park. Bloomsbury, €15.10. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

An illuminating meditation on faith and America's fate

An illuminating meditation on faith and America's fate

When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson. Virago, €21.70. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: Abbey's Alice takes a not-so-funny turn

Theatre: Abbey's Alice takes a not-so-funny turn

Alice in Funderland by Phillip McMahon. Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1, until May 12. Rating: 2/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Vivid stories begin and end with love

Vivid stories begin and end with love

Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry, Jonathan Cape, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: Storytelling that brims with invention

Theatre: Storytelling that brims with invention

Monster/Clock by Eoghan Quinn. Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 8, until April 7. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Drama suffers from too many acts

Drama suffers from too many acts

The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott. Hutchinson, €16.35.

Theatre: Verbal ammunition focus of Grenades

Theatre: Verbal ammunition focus of Grenades

Grenades by Tara McKevitt. Bewley's Café Theatre, Dublin 2. Until March 24. Rating: 3/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

An ambitious second novel achieves something special

An ambitious second novel achieves something special

All Is Song by Samantha Harvey. Jonathan Cape, €14. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: A different way of seeing the world

Theatre: A different way of seeing the world

The Wheelchair on My Face by Sonya Kelly, Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24; on tour through July. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Giving up the Ghost

Giving up the Ghost

Worth Fighting For by Lisa Niemi Swayze. Simon & Schuster, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: A sparse tale of three men in a room

Theatre: A sparse tale of three men in a room

Those Sick And Indigent by Alan O'Regan. Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Dublin 2, until January 21. Rating: 3/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: Fresh take on Ulysses is a deft delight

Theatre: Fresh take on Ulysses is a deft delight

Gibraltar by Patrick Fitzgerald. The New Theatre, Dublin 2, until January 14. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Novel degenerates into history lesson

Novel degenerates into history lesson

In Their Dreams of Fire by Maurice O'Callaghan.

Faded lives and the quiet decline of the big house

Faded lives and the quiet decline of the big house

Shadowstory by Jennifer Johnston. Headline Review, €18.90.

Portrait of a mother in Africa

Portrait of a mother in Africa

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness By Alexandra Fuller Simon & Schuster, €18.90.